Here's no. 11 and Gio Alfonzo talking about the Noles almost-comeback Saturday against the Hoosiers. The unmistakeable takeaway from the postgame media conference is that FSU's confidence remains rock solid.
With breaking news of a trap door opening up under Randy Spetman's desk, this other story isn't getting much play. But with football season less than three months off, a sudden departure on the coaching staff could have more short-term impact than an A.D. vacancy. So this posting on Coaching Search should bring a huge sigh of relief.
"Florida State quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders tells The Sports Animail WMNL in Knoxville that he talked with Phillip Fulmer about the ETSU head coaching job, but the timing isn't right. Sanders says had the job opened before he went to FSU, he might have taken it."
Why Sanders? Because former Vol Coach Phil Fulmer is working with East Tennessee to find a coach to re-start their football program after dropping it ten years ago. And, of course, Sanders was Fulmer's offensive coordinator when UT won a national championship in the late 90s (ironically, against FSU).
Any time you lose an assistant coach you lose some continuity. Corey showed in his six years at Florida State that he was a solid contributor to Leonard Hamilton's program. He was an active recruiter, has an understanding of the game from the viewpoint of various experiences in both his playing and coaching career. Williams was sort of the opposite to Hamilton's stern demeanor and communicated with the players in a different way. It was a good balance to Hamilton and Jones' strict discipline. Not that Corey doesn't believe in discipline. He just had a style of interacting with the players that was complementary to Hamilton.
While his effort and recruiting contacts will be missed, no one is irreplaceable. Hamilton always has his long list of contacts and will find someone to fill the position. Missed, yes. But not a disaster, although late in the year like this it creates some problems of finding someone, the summer camps are disrupted, recruiting networks need to be reinforced or re-established. And then its just another thing on the to-do list what with two players transferring out along with a trip to Greece coming up in August.
Williams will bring a new energy to Stetson. It won't be an easy sell in Deland and that kind of energy and work ethic Corey brings will be needed. I expect him to bring a different style, at least on offense, to the Hatters compared to FSU. Defensively he was as big a believer in that FSU junkyard style of defense as anyone.
Once he has his players that he wants in his program I would not be surprised to see a little more uptempo. Maybe not Andy Enfield at FCGU uptempo, but more than likely there will be some pushing the ball up the floor.
We all certainly wish Corey great success in his first head coaching stint.